how to maintain your washer properly

Having a functional washer at home is important as it spares our hands from doing the dreadful laundry. To ensure that your washer works properly, you need to pay attention to the maintenance on a regular basis.

Have your clothes become wet as soon as they come out of the washer? This is because the seal around the door on your washer has failed. Just replace this seal and it will stop leaking water.

If you have a traditional top load washer, then you probably have to deal with overflowing clothes. The problem here may be due to a faulty tube connecting to your vacuum pump. Or if it’s an older home, the standpipe might be clogged. Either way, call a professional technician before you end up with standing dirty water in your machine.

If you only want to clean your washer properly, you can check the following simple steps:

To start with, make sure to remove any clothing from the washtub so they don’t get stuck in the small spaces of the drained water inside. If there are still clothes stuck inside make sure to use a tool to pull them out if possible or call a repairman to come and fix the issue. Using a tool would not be that hard because washers are basically dry inside after they drain the washtub.

In the meantime, get a washer bucket and fill it with warm water and add some dishwashing liquid soap into the washtub and let it sit for 15 minutes. After 15 minutes, you will want to wash out the washtub of your washer until clean, then rinse clean by running another cycle. Then you can fill up the washtub again and rinse it thoroughly. Do this process multiple times if needed.

There are other steps you can take such as deodorizing the washer. There are washer deodorizing disks that you can put into your washer on the washtub, then just run it just like you would with a normal washer cycle. This will not only clean out the washer but also take away odors and leave it smelling fresh.

Last but not least, it is always a good idea to save the factory manual at home in case you find any error codes in the future. It is also helpful to have a few reliable appliance repair technicians in your area. Meanwhile, if your washer has worked for more than 10 years, you can consider replacing it with a more energy-efficient model.

** This was a contributed post.

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